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One Book Tour


Tickets for J. Ryan Stradal's 2017 "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" One Book Tour are available! Meet the award-winning author and enjoy a discussion about his hit debut novel.

Stradal will make four stops on his One Book South Dakota Author Tour this summer and fall, leading up to his appearance at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 21-24 in Deadwood. 


Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a major source of SDHC funding, received a $1.9 million budget increase for FY 2017. However, in its comprehensive FY 2018 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for "the orderly closure of the agency. 

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. Working with an author like Kate DiCamillo makes Chris Van Dusen's job easy. Continue Reading

  2. J. Ryan Stradal's hit debut novel features an ambitious "foodie" named Eva Thorvald who grows up in the Midwest and later finds fame and fortune as a traveling chef. Her cuisine is second to none. Continue Reading

  3. Eva Thorvald, the “foodie” heroine of 2017 One Book South Dakota “Kitchens of the Great Midwest,” journeys throughout the Midwest leaving satisfied diners in her wake. The creator of her character will soon be doing the same. Continue Reading

  4. Do you want to be in a book club but don't know where to start? What are the best book club books, and how do you recruit members? Continue Reading

Programs & Events

5:30 pm | Lemmon Public Library
6:30 pm | Selby Community Library
7:00 pm | Gregory Public Library
7:00 pm | Moose Lodge
6:30 pm | Frankfort Community Center

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

The goal should be that everybody gets a chance to read great books and participate in the richness that humanities brings us.
- Bill Gates (founder and Chairman, Microsoft)